Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

Margarita Roka, first Guinean woman medical doctor

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea.
On Saturday, October 4, Margarita Roka received recognition for her educational background and for being the first Guinean woman graduating from Medical School at the University of Zaragoza.

1101-1The House of Culture in Rebola, a village near Malabo, organizes an annual student conference.  This year it was their fifth. The goal is to provide vocational guidance and encouragement for youth to study. Every year the country recognizes someone who has managed to excel in his/her professional studies. This year they have recognized Dr. Margaret Roka, a member of the Teresian Association. The event took place with simplicity and emotion. The presence of youth was large, attended by both university and high school students.

Accompanied by her family, members of the Teresian Association, friends, and colleagues, with fond words everyone emphasized the personality of Margarita and the commitment with which she has lived since her childhood, always attracted to learning. The limitations of her environment and the poor resources would have left her, like so many others of her time, to just accept reality, but her spirit of self-improvement and the desire to improve the lives of those around her awoke her vocation for knowledge with a desire to contribute to the transformation and humanization of society.

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Margarita spoke of her life journey and the stimuli that accompanied every step. She remembered her mother who taught her to read, the first teacher who believed in her, and the Teresian Association for all the support received over the years.

Members of her family recognized that Margarita is an example for the younger members, who see her as a role model. They thanked those who helped her along the way. The Teresian Association pointed out, among other things, her ability to recreate the Teresian vocation within her Guinean culture, of Bubi origin.  Her life of faith and knowledge is one of the most integrated traits in her. Personnel from Castroverde Laboratory, which she runs, highlighted her professionalism and ethics, as well as her commitment and dedication to all, especially the most needy. They also recognized that she requires much of them, which drives them to excel and look beyond.

After speaking on the progress her research means for her country, as well as improving the quality of life of people living with HIV, Margarita concluded that study is a sign of hope and confidence in history.  She also spoke of the possibilities of people to find solutions for life and not for death, and long for a new world.

T.A., Equatorial Guinea 

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